Alumni Spotlight - Michael Christiansen - International Performer
and Director of Guitar Studies
Mike started playing the
guitar at age six. By the time he was sixteen, he was
performing in the Provo area with a local band and teaching
private students at Herger Music. After graduation from Provo
High School, Mike visited the Utah State University campus where
he was awarded a scholarship in guitar. This was especially
unique because, at the time, there was no guitar program at
USU. However, he accepted the scholarship and performed
with the USU performing group, The Youngtimers.
While attending USU and after graduating,
Mike continued performing with various groups and musicians
including USU Music Professor, Larry Smith. He was performing
for receptions, dances and concerts...
USU Living Center Unveiled
ongoing facelift of Utah State’s campus continues with the start of
construction on a new living/learning community to be located at the
north end of Old Main Hill. The project, which began with the
demolition of the old steam heating plant, will consist of five residence
halls and one community center. The five residence halls will
be four-level structures and collectively house 512 students.
Keith Bennett of KCB Architecture, the
firm constructing the buildings, pointed to Old Main as the main inspiration
for the design plan. “The living/learning community will be
a modern expression of the Romanesque style of Old Main. This
way each building will look and feel more like a home, instead of
just another building on campus.”
The hope is that this new community will
help to re-energize campus by keeping students close to the Taggart
Student Center even after classes are over. “The residents of
the new living/learning community will increase the business and energy
to the student center and be more involved in events that take place
on campus, making it more attractive to students who don’t live in
the living/learning community as well,” explained Whitney Milligan,
assistant director of Residence Halls/Residence Life.
In addition to the community, a 603-car
parking garage will also be built for students, faculty, and visitors.
Completion of the project is slated for summer 2006.
Aggie Wins Gold at Transplant Games
They may not be the Olympics,
but the National Kidney Foundation’s U.S. Transplant Games are no
less important to the competitors and their families. USU’s
own Mike Strauss was one of the 20-member team representing Utah at
the event. When all was said and done, Strauss brought home
a gold and two bronze medals from the competition.
Strauss, the Utah State University athletics
director of media relations, received a life-saving liver transplant
two-and-a-half years ago. At the Games, which took place in
Minnesota at the end of July, he won gold in the golf competition
and bronze as part of Team Utah’s basketball squad.
The real victory was the fact that the
almost 2,000 athletes were there at all. Participants in the
Transplant Games have been the recipients of life-saving organ transplants.
Held every two years, the event seeks to celebrate the second chance
these people have received, as well as raise awareness for the countless
others still awaiting transplants.
the Newsletter Contest Winner
The votes are in from the
Alumni Executive Board and results have been tallied. Thank
you everyone for your great suggestions. Without any further
ado, the new name for the Alumni eNewsletter is… Aggie
Insights. The winner is Ellen Davis from Lancaster,
Congratulations to the winner!
The new newsletter name design will appear in next month’s issue.
B. Haight Dies at 97
The world lost a great man, and Utah State University lost a
great friend in the passing of Elder David B. Haight.
Elder Haight died in the early morning on Saturday, July 31.
He was a distinguished USU alumnus and the namesake for the
David B. Haight Alumni Center. Elder Haight was 97 years
For more information of Elder Haight,
to the Buzzer
Utah State University Alumni
Relations sponsors many exciting events throughout the year. To keep
informed about the most current ones, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/events.html
HASS - Homecoming Weekend
The College of Humanities, Arts,
& Social Sciences is inviting all HASS alumni back to campus for
homecoming weekend. The department has planned a host of unique
and entertaining activities for all alumni and their families.
The festivities are set to take place on Friday, October 8 and Saturday,
October 9, so mark your calendars. Events will include:
- HASS classes open to alumni
- Gala reception, complete with art
exhibits, poetry readings, tours, faculty book signings, and more
- Theatre Department performances
- The Homecoming Dance
- Great food
- The USU vs. North Texas football game,
with reserved, half-price tickets for HASS alumni
Discounted rooms have been set aside
for HASS alumni at the Comfort Inn in Logan. Reservations can
be made by calling (435) 752-9141 and asking for the HASS alumni rate.
Come and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend
on campus as you reconnect with old friends. For more information,
call Victoria Dutson at (435) 797-0178 or email her at email@example.com.
Las Vegas Aggie Chapter
sure you mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Aggie Las Vegas Weekend
coming this September 24 & 25 at the Monte Carlo Resort &
Casino. The festivities kick off Friday evening with the Aggie
Scholarship Banquet. Come enjoy great food and great friends,
as well as a raffle and auction.
The Golf Tournament begins Saturday morning
at the gorgeous Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas. Register
by September 3 to play. Following the tournament, have some
fun at the Aggie Tailgate Party before the USU vs. UNLV game begins
that evening. All the proceeds from the events provide scholarships
for students attending Utah State University.
For all the details, contact USU Alumni
Relations at (435) 797-2055, (800) 291-ALUM (2586), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tooele County Aggie Chapter
The Utah State Alumni Association
and Tooele County Aggie Chapter would like to invite all Aggies and
their families to join them Saturday, August 21, for the Aggie Family
Pool Party. The fun begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Deseret Peak
Complex. Admission is only $2 with a discount pass. Just
follow the Aggie banner to the North Pavilion to pick up your discount
pass, enjoy free Aggie ice cream, and enter to win great Aggie prizes.
For all the details, contact Sydnie or
Kalem Sessions at (435) 843-9534.
Weber County Aggie Chapter
Don't forget to sign up for
the Weber County Aggie Chapter Golf Tournament at the Schneiters Riverside
Golf Course in Ogden. Tee time is 1:00 p.m. on August 21, with
a full barbecue dinner at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $50 per person
(includes golf, cart, and barbecue), or $15 per person for just the
For more information, contact Willie
Duersch at (801) 776-2209.
Young Alumni Association
USU Young Alumni Association is actively involved in sponsoring and
participating in events that benefit the community and the University.
The most recent event sponsored by the Young Alumni Association was
a service project at The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City.
The Road Home
is a homeless shelter for children and families. This spring,
young alumni volunteers hosted an Aggie ice cream party for the families
at the shelter. The event was a great success. Everyone
(including the volunteers) enjoyed delicious Aggie ice cream, games,
balloons, and prizes. Not only did the young alumni volunteers
donate their time and energy by hosting the event, they also brought
toys, diapers, and books to donate to the shelter. It was a
great opportunity for USU young alumni to interact with each other
while serving the community.
Aggie Thrower Earns a Spot In Athens
Parker was the favorite in the men’s hammer throw at the recent U.S.
Olympic Track and Field Trials, and he didn’t disappoint. His
throw of 254 feet, 6 inches was good enough to win the competition
and earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Parker was a standout athlete while attending
Utah State University, finishing seventh at the 2000 Olympic Trials.
After graduating in 2001 with a degree in Physical Education,
he went to work for the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Malmstrom
AFB in Montana. Thanks to the Air Force’s World Class Athletes
Program, Parker was given time off to train and represent the U.S.
at the Olympic Games.
The Athens 2004 Olympic Games will officially begin on August 13.
New Softball Coach Chosen
Utah State Softball will be
seeing an old face in a new position this year. Director of
Athletics Randy Spetman chose former Assistant Coach Lonny Sargent
to take over the head coaching spot. Sargent’s promotion follows
the resignation of former Head Coach Deb Bilbao.
“We are excited we were able to keep
Lonny at Utah State,” said Spetman. “We feel he has the ability
to take our softball program to the next level.”
Sargent has coached softball for more
than 15 years, from high school all the way to the Division-1 college
Women's Volleyball Announces 2004-05 Schedule
USU Volleyball is set to take
on the best the NCAA can dish out this year. The Aggies will go up
against 10 teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
The season begins September 3 against national powerhouse Stanford.
To see the complete 2004 Volleyball schedule,
for the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.
Thrill to the
sights and sounds of London and the surrounding area with
this exciting package. Planned tours include Buckingham
Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Stratford
Upon Avon, a night at the theatre and much more. You
may also extend your vacation with an optional tour in
Scotland at the end of our London adventure! Prices begin
at $1369.00 (land only).
February 6-15, 2005
aboard the Coral Princess to visit the ports
of Limon, Grand Cayman, Belize and Cozumel and marvel
at the wondrous Panama Canal on the 10-day adventure.
May 10-15, 2005
Enjoy the excitement
of Branson, Missouri while seeing shows by Andy Williams,
the Sons of the Pioneers, the Osmonds and more. An optional
extension is also offered, visiting the historical sites
of Nauvoo (extension dates: May 15-18, 2005).
This 7 day cruise departs Copenhagen, Denmark and visits
Norwegian ports including Flam, Bergen, and Oslo while also
sailing the beautiful fjords.